Mar 6, 2013 4:00am PST
copyright law. the librarian of congress, james billington, determined that "locking cell phones is an essential part of the wireless industry's dominant business model." it prevents us from legally buying one cellphone at a subsidized rate through a carrier and even after the service contract expires taking that phone to another carrier for use later. michael hodel tracks carriers for the financial data firm morningstar. "this is a situation where a technicality has been used to do something it was never intended to do." the obama adminstration says copyright law was never intended to be this restrictive. it's asked the fcc, commerce department and others to look into changing the law. if that happens, some predict the price of cellphones and smartphones may rise quickly. "it is no secret that consumers will pay more for phones, because the carrier isn't going to absorb the cost. they'll front-load the contracts so you'll pay more up-front and the value of the phone will die at the end of two years." verizon, at&t and other carriers have backed the restriction as it stands now. the
Mar 4, 2013 4:00am PST
washington. on the table for cuts: military & national security, healthcare, education, and law enforcement. also: disaster relief, unemployment benefits, non-profits, and scientific research the faa could decide this week whether to accept boeing's fix for its troubled 787s. dreamliner jets have been stuck on the ground since january 16th following a fire aboard a parked 787 in boston and a smoking battery that forced a landing in japan. boeing's proposal is to rework the lithium ion batteries to stop the sparking. meanwhile, boeing is cutting hundreds of contracted jobs at its dreamliner plant in south carolina this year. the company claims it has nothing to do with the dreamliner nightmare. a decision is expected this week in the johnson & johnson hip implant case. loren kransky accused johnson & johnson of metal poisoning from a hip implant he received in 2007. his attorneys wants $5 million for pain and suffering and up to $179 million in punitive damages from the company. they claim j&j knew the hip was defective. j&j denies it and says his injuries existed before surgery.